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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets right in the heads of the boobs who run the boob tube., 18 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night (Mass Market Paperback)
Bill Carter has done an excellent job of telling the tale of how Leno got the coveted Tonight Show gig over Letterman. Of course its much more than that because the selection of Johnny Carson's replacement is arguably one most important decisions made in TV history. Not only do get to meet Letterman and Leno up close and personal, we also get to be a fly on wall inside the offices and boardrooms of some of the most powerful people in America --the entertainment czars. We learn about the differences of philosophy between the East Coast and the Left Coast (California)and learn that there are actually some pretty decent suits among the snakes. Carter does a really good job at keeping himself out the story, but it still often reads like satire --funny and cutting. The people are fascinating especially Jay and Dave. I'm thrilled that NBC was forced to make the right --and most profitable-- decision by sticking with Jay (a truly nice guy -- I speak from experience having met him and he comes off that way in the book) even though at the time the book was finished it looked bad for the Peacock Network. The updated paperback edition is the one to buy because an added chapter tells about the Hugh Grant incident on Jay's show which of course was the turning point for The Tonight Show. This is a great book about the industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 28 Sep 2010
I agree with the other reviews. Dated now, of course, but this is still an absolutely fascinating account of what goes on behind the scenes in US TV. Very well-researched and engagingly told, this is a brilliant book on modern entertainment and the business that goes with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Fight for Control of Late Night., 8 Mar 1999
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Amazing. Absolutely Amazing. There's somethign for everyone. Leno Fans tried of their hero's good guy image get to see him squatting on a box, spying on a GE Board Meeting. Letterman Fans get to see their hero angry as heck when NBC let's him know that they've given his lifelong dream to chin-boy, after 10 years of faithful service on their network. Johnny stuck in the center, with NBC begging for his help, obviously siding with Dave, but committed to stay out of it. There is no better story for E! True Hollywood or any fan of Late Night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Fast and Dramatic; When Carson left LATE NIGHT exploded !!, 13 April 1998
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This review is from: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night (Mass Market Paperback)
Johnny Carson will forever be KING OF LATE NIGHT, for 30 years his wit and charm set a standard in after evening programming. In this excellent book Bill Carter analyzes who will get the late night institution; "Nice Guy" Jay Leno or "Razor Sharp" Dave Letterman. It also explores how when Johnny left he not only set NBC on fire he put ALL of late night programming up in flames. GREAT BOOK! Must Read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to stay up past 11!, 31 Mar 1998
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This is a fun book. I don't know about the rest of you but there's nothing better than reading about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of white men who make way too much money for their own good. This is a well-researched book; no wonder the HBO movie was so on-target. An enjoyable read. One caveat: Carter does begin to repeat himself toward the end of the book which is why I didn't rate this book a 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of my new book, 8 April 2011
Well, not much to say actually. I'm satisfied with my book. Arrived on time, great reading (I'm halfway through it). Everything's cool.

Niels
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 17 May 1999
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This review is from: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night (Mass Market Paperback)
More than a tabloid-style story of egos, this book goes deeper into the decision making process of television management (pretty comically poor BTW). You get to meet Jay and Dave and all the players behind the scenes. The TV Movie did not do this book justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a juicy read, 7 Nov 1998
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This review is from: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a great read for people who want to read about the backstage world of late night tv.It shows that Nbc made a huge mistake when they picked Jay Lamo over the best star in late night David Letterman.A must for fans of either
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! Lots of really interesting material., 4 Mar 1998
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This book is absolutely riveting. No matter which late night show host you prefer, you will appreciate both of them more after seeing how hard they work at what they do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as honest as the day is long. A must read!, 22 Dec 1996
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This review is from: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night (Mass Market Paperback)
True, trashy and terrific! A must read for those who love
a juicy plot and a love-hate relationship.
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